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Switch Space

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Student name: 
Emma Cuciurean-Zapan
Christine Yankel
Discipline: 
Architecture
Level: 
Master 3
Instructor(s): 
Karen Lewis
Term: 
2011-2012
Description: 

Switch Space envisions new forms of rail infrastructure that consider the Midwest’s disparate landscapes and economic geographies.

Most of the 2050 high-speed rail proposals focus on connecting dense urban corridors developed along regions bound by oceans, mountains or rivers. These long, skinny corridors are effective landscapes for density and development, ideal for high speed rail travel. The Midwest faces unique conditions. It is neither encumbered by these geomorphologies, nor do they benefit from their control. Rather than an infrastructure that responds to the corridor, the Midwest requires transit connections that work as a wide net, rather than a series of point-to-point connections.

Although it is vast and flat, the Midwest is deceptively urban. While 85 percent of Ohio’s landscape is census defined as “rural,” over 80 percent of its population reside within 10 miles of an urban core. The rural / urban connections extend to its economy as well. Ohio exports many agricultural products, but its economy is shifting to export wind energy and polymers, biotechnology, health care and education.

The new infrastructure of Switch Space addresses these changing landscapes, bridging rural spaces with urban centers, connecting agricultural economies with health care and education, and considering how high-speed rail and its supporting infrastructures can work together to connect and preserve the Midwestern landscape.

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